North Carolina

North Carolina Vacation

We just got back from a 5 day vacation to North Carolina. We booked it just two weeks before Memorial Day in hopes of going to the beach. We were eyeing both Wilmington and the Outer Banks, but weren’t really sure what we were going to do. However, just a few days leading up to the trip the weathermen forecasted a tropical storm hitting that exact area, so we switched our plans and after landing in Raleigh decided to head west. Our trip consisted of lots and lots of hikeng and over the course of four days we covered 404 flights of stairs, 36 miles, and took 80,000 steps. We absolutely loved everywhere we went and had a blast touring the state. It was so gorgeous!

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Day 1 – Dallas — Winston-Salem

We drove from Raleigh to Winston-Salem where we checked into our hotel and walked around Old Salem. The buildings were so cute and quaint. We had a short time there before waking up and starting what began four days of hiking.

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Day 2 – Winston-Salem — Boone

After having a quick stayover in Winston-Salem we woke up and drove to Pilot Mountain. We hiked the Ledge Springs trail which gave us a good view of the town and then drove to Boone where we did more hiking. The hiking near Boone is along the Blue Ridge Parkway and you can hike for days and days. While we wish we had time to visit them all, we decided to hike the Price Lake Trail around the lake and then ended the day with the Boone Fork Trail which was a 5 mile hike that starts and ends at the Julian Price Memorial park. We were exhausted and finished just before sunset. We encountered sporadic rain all day, but it didn’t stop us from seeing all the beauty!

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Day 3 – Boone – Asheville

After staying in Boone, we drove towards Grandfather mountain. We didn’t want to pay to get in the main entrance, so we found another trail, Profile view trail. We didn’t quite prepare for our hike on this day. We only had one bottle of water and no snacks. The first half of this hike was all uphill and just when we thought we would be done it kept going and going. Towards the end it connected with one or two other trails and had several gorgeous lookout points. I wasn’t sure if I would make it down, but we did and were ready for water and food (and a bathroom) asap. After eating, we headed towards Asheville where we checked into our hotel, found more food, and then walked around the downtown area.

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Day 4 – Asheville — Charlotte

We started our day by visiting the Asheville Arboretum, which also had a few side trails. After going back to our hotel to checkout we made another drive and ended up at Chimney Rock. This hike was a little different as it involved stairs, which in my opinion takes away from the whole natural and nature feel of a hike, but it also gave gorgeous views. This was another straight up hike, but much easier. We hiked all the way to the top before making yet another drive to Charlotte where we stayed and spent time with Colby’s aunt, uncle and cousins.

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Day 5 – Charlotte — Dallas

After a morning walk with his aunt, we left Charlotte and headed east to the Duke Gardens in Durham. We drove around campus for a minute or two before heading to Raleigh where we visited the Umstead State Park where we did more hiking. Thankfully this area was flat, so it should probably be called walking. Before heading to the airport I got to meet a girl I have connected with via my online group which was such a blessing!

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Our tips:

  • Bring water + snacks, don’t make the mistake we did!
  • The only parks/hikes we paid for were to see the Asheville Arboretuem which was $12/car and Chimney Rock which was $13/person.
  • If you want to see Grandfather Mountain, but don’t want to pay, you can also park at the start of Profile View Trail and do that instead.
  • Boone has the most options for hiking, as mentioned above. I highly recommend that whole area if you want lots of options.

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I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below as well as how to travel on a budget here.

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  • Tania // Run to Radiance
    Posted at 08:26h, 03 June Reply

    Everything is so beautiful! I love, love, loveeee Asheville! I need to check out some of these spots the next time I go. I love your shirt too! ?

  • Jessi Wallace |
    Posted at 08:27h, 03 June Reply

    I love reading your travels! Looks like you did some awesome hiking. The biggest hike I ever did was 7 miles roundtrip and it took several hours but we did pack plenty of snacks and water because I’m a sucker for snacks on the trail. I love the pineapple tank, but I NEED that “run and not grow weary” tank in my life. Where did you get that one?!

  • Jojo
    Posted at 08:49h, 03 June Reply

    Looks like you two had an amazing time. Beautiful pictures!

  • Joscelyn
    Posted at 10:04h, 03 June Reply

    North Carolina is a beautiful state! We just moved from there a couple of years ago to OK and we sure do miss the mountains and the lush green trees!

  • Lily
    Posted at 10:16h, 03 June Reply

    You guys are so cute! I loved watching all of your snaps, looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Everything looks so beautiful!

  • Shannon
    Posted at 10:29h, 03 June Reply

    Your images are gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to go visit Charlotte and Asheville. My husband is big into hiking so this wold be the perfect place for us to travel to. Thanks for sharing!

  • Trish
    Posted at 10:34h, 03 June Reply

    What great pics! It looks like you had a wonderful trip. I love North Carolina. Asheville is one of my very favorite southern cities.

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 10:34h, 03 June Reply

    Caroline, this just made my heart so happy. I love seeing the photos of your adventures!!

  • Natasha
    Posted at 11:07h, 03 June Reply

    I loved this post! I’m from NC and currently live here and I have never hiked here. I’ve of course been to all these places (Charlotte, Boone, etc) but not hiking. I’d love to go with the hubs to checkout these beautiful scenic places.

  • Jessy
    Posted at 12:41h, 03 June Reply

    Looks like a great time!! We just got back from North Carolina too. He headed down to the Outer Banks for the week 😉

  • Nellwyn
    Posted at 13:19h, 03 June Reply

    Wow beautiful scenery and views on those hikes! I haven’t travelled in the Southern states but now I’m itching to go!

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  • Amie
    Posted at 13:29h, 03 June Reply

    I have always wanted to go to North Carolina and this confirms that!! So glad ya’ll were able to take this trip together! Love the shirts too!

  • Jeanine
    Posted at 13:37h, 03 June Reply

    Such great pics! Would love to go hiking in such a gorgeous place! Looks like a ton of fun!

  • Neely Moldovan
    Posted at 15:05h, 03 June Reply

    I just loved watching all of your vacation snaps!

  • Rachel @ Countdowns and Cupcakes
    Posted at 15:08h, 03 June Reply

    You definitely hit the highlights in NC! I LOVE Asheville and Boone so much!

  • GiGi Eats
    Posted at 16:21h, 03 June Reply

    How cute are you two?! I love traveling with my other half 😉 It’s so awesome to get out of the usual routine!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 19:27h, 03 June Reply

    I love how active the two of you are.
    & I’m totally loving that pink tank!!!

  • Elaina
    Posted at 22:22h, 03 June Reply

    Beautiful pictures. Looks like you guys had a great time.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 06:48h, 04 June Reply

    I love how you didn’t miss a beat even with the change of plans! All the views from your hiking adventures are stunning!

  • Sandy Mangis
    Posted at 09:19h, 04 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing it is always fun to see the world through others eyes.

  • Mimi Rose
    Posted at 14:09h, 04 June Reply

    I’ve been hearing more and more about North Carolina and it sounds like a lovely place! Your pictures alone are inspiring me to get over there soon, it looks like you guys had an active and fun trip around the state.

    Also, I love your “Be A Pineapple” shirt, so cute!

  • Christine
    Posted at 14:24h, 04 June Reply

    Looks like you had an awesome time!

  • Keri Underwood
    Posted at 17:18h, 04 June Reply

    My fiance and I are going to Asheville, NC for our honeymoon! I’ve been there a few times but he’s never been. We’re so excited to explore and hike. Looks like you all had a blast as well 🙂

  • elizabeth o
    Posted at 21:12h, 04 June Reply

    What a fantastic way to tour a state and stay fit! Your delightful photos added another way for us to enjoy the trip with you.

  • LeighAnn
    Posted at 22:43h, 04 June Reply

    I love NC! It’s such a beautiful area and location!

  • Nicole Escat
    Posted at 00:20h, 05 June Reply

    Wow you guys looked had fun adventure and I’m so glad of that. Those pics were really awesome.

  • Carrie
    Posted at 01:58h, 05 June Reply

    Looks like you had a great time! We love North Carolina. It is so gorgeous!

  • Valerie Robinson
    Posted at 09:44h, 05 June Reply

    I was born in NC and agree that it’s such a beautiful place!

  • Caroline Barnes
    Posted at 11:28h, 05 June Reply

    Never been to NC. As per those pictures, it sure looks like a super place to visit!

  • Marielle Altenor
    Posted at 21:58h, 05 June Reply

    Amazing spots! I have family that lives in North Carolina. I’m due for a visit soon. Would be great to check out some of the spots you mention here.

  • Shelby Coats
    Posted at 09:57h, 06 June Reply

    LOVE all of the pictures!! We are planning on going to Asheville for the day sometime this fall and I am beyond excited!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 13:38h, 06 June Reply

    How cute are you guys?! I love that Pineapple shirt 🙂 Sounds like fun! I’m glad you didn’t let the rain deter you from having a good time. Beautiful trees and views!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 13:29h, 09 June Reply

    Wow! What a cool trip! We need to go to NC. I would do all the things you did! Love all the hiking! And you always look so cute 🙂 I saw that one tank top on the Old Navy website and almost bought it!!

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